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Upper Intermediate Level >> Vocabulary Worksheets >> Choosing adjectives and verbs that sound natural with particular nouns. This is what collocation is all about - what words go together best.

Collocations - Nouns

Choose the best verb or adjective from the table below to go with the nouns and complete the sentences.

broken in
eloquent
negligible
ushered in
spread
breaking
impartial
issued
covered
major
lightning
overlooked


1. Police have __ISSUED__ an appeal for anyone who saw a blue Mercedes in the area at about 10pm to contact them.

2. Scientists have announced a __MAJOR__ breakthrough in the search for a cure for AIDS.

3. The murderer escaped without conviction because the police had __OVERLOOKED__ a very important clue in the house where the murder took place.

4. The start of rock and roll music at the end of the 1950s __USHERED IN__ a new era, both musically and socially.

5. Wild horses have to be __BROKEN IN__ before they can be used for horse-riding.

6. Is this accident __COVERED__ by the insurance that you have?

7. If you purposely evade taxes, you will be __BREAKING__ the law and you could be charged with tax evasion.

8. The Swiss diplomat was invited to the meeting so that he could act as an __IMPARTIAL__ observer.

9. Graham was stopped by the police who thought he was drunk, but only a __NEGLIGIBLE__ quantity of alcohol was found in his blood and they allowed him to go.

10. Rumours __SPREAD__ very fast in an office environment.

11. The former Prime Minister is such an __ELOQUENT__ speaker that she is often paid large amounts of money to address conferences.

12. We did a __LIGHTNING__ tour of Europe. Seven countries in five days. Now, I am exhausted!

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